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to class this morning in newtown. but the children who attended sandy hook elementary will be home for another day. >> and there's a massive volunteer effort to get their new school ready for classes and there are many more funerals today. abc's t.j. winick joins was the latest. hi, t.j. >> reporter: good morning. as you mentioned, the first two of what will eventually be over two dozen somber funerals were held yesterday. ♪ this is the living memorial in downtown sandy hook, where a constant stream of locals and visitors come to remember those lost in friday's horror. in newtown, a funeral for 6-year-old noah pozner, who was eulogized as a boy who liked animals, video games and mexican food. at his funeral, an onlooker collapsed. inside, his mother shared stories that had everyone in tears. >> she told him, i love you. >> reporter: a few miles away, another funeral. jack pinto, also 6, a big sports fan, whose favorite new york giants player, victor cruz, wore his name on his cleats during sunday's game. >> i was honored, man. i couldn't even express to them how great that made m
back to classrooms. millions of students and parents across the country in the wake of sandy hook. stay with us, everybody. you're watching "world news now." >>> "world news now" continues after this from our abc ♪ >>> welcome back, everyone. it is easy to forget that christmas is just one week away, and schools, they're in their final days before holiday break. >> doesn't seem a lot like christmas time. but none of those days are likely to be as nerve-racking as yesterday was. that was the first day back since the connecticut shootings. abc's amy robach reports on what was an anxious monday for many. >> reporter: parents around innation dropped their children off at school. many holding on a little more tightly. a day of jitters. schools from new york to tennessee to texas all went on alert after fear ignited several false alarms, some bomb threats. others as minor as an umbrella mistaken for a gun. an elementary school in richfield, connecticut, just 20 miles from newtown, went into lockdown after someone reported a suspicious person. security on the minds of principal, it was a pri
. most of the schools in newtown, connecticut, reopen today. sandy hook elementary remains an active crime scene. the site of friday's deadly shootings will remain closed indefinitely. 26 people including 20 young children were killed there. authorities hope to soon interview two survivors of the massacre. funerals, more of them, are scheduled for today. james mattioli was 6. his family says he loved sports, was a numbers guy, and best friends with his older sister. jessica rekos, also 6, loved everything about horses. she read about them, drew them, wrote about them, for christmas she wanted cowgirl boots. we have more. >> reporter: good morning. it's a rainy and somber morning in newtown where families have begun to lay their dead to rest, and more funerals are scheduled for days to come. it's back to school today for the children of newtown, connecticut, with one exception -- students of sandy hook elementary. kenneth canfield is a fourth grader at sandy hook. he was there that tragic day. >> he heard screaming and gunshots, and the room that he was in was being banged on by the g
storm sandy. i wanted to document floor specifically as chair -- i wanted to come to the floor specifically as the chair of the homeland security subcommittee which has jurisdiction over fema. i understand the other chairs of the appropriations committee has come down, whether for the corps of engineers mitigation issues in this bill or fishery issues, the subject of senator mikulski's committee; or housing and urban development, community block grants -- that's in h.u.d. -- or transportation under the jurisdiction of senator murray's committee. i'm honored to be the chair of the homeland security appropriations committee for several years ago and am proud that some of the reforms that we've put into place were actually seeing the -- we're actually seeing the benefits of today as our first responders respond to literally the worst disaster to hit the northeast in 50 years. and i wanted to just address a few things and to clarify some numbers for the record. despite the fact that hurricane sandy, mr. president, is not on the news every night and cnn is not broadcasting from the
rifles in all of our stores chainwide. >>> grief counselors will be on hand this morning. sandy hook elementary school remains closed. jessica rekos will be laid to rest today. she couldn't wait until her 10th birthday to get a horse. she adored them. >>> another big story out of washington where there's been huge movement in the fiscal cliff wrangling with 14 days left to go before huge across-the-board tax hikes. overnight we learned that president obama made an eye-opening new offer in talks with house speaker john boehner. under this new proposal, tax rates would go up on incomes above $400,000. for years the president has campaigned that that number should start at $250,000. he's also offering some new spending cuts to go along with this. speaker boehner's latest proposal called for the tax hikes to kick in at $1 million. cnn's dan lothian is in washington with the latest on this. dan, it really does look like there is some movement. >> it does. this movement came during a meeting the president had with speaker john boehner yesterday at the white house. that meeting lasted for 4
'm actually in the center of the borough of sandy hook. near the christmas tree where a big memorial has sprung up in the wake of these shootings. every day brings new details about what happened inside that school. and today we learn that not one, but two people were injured in the attack. welcome news about survivors on a day when the funerals began. old enough to know, too young to understand. the heartbreaking sight of children mourning other children began in newtown today. 6-year-old jack pinto, a loving, vivacious boy, an athletic child, he idolized victor cruz. cruz wrote jack's name on his shoes sunday. now it was the team's turn to pay tribute. >> they were comforted and protected and a message of you're being secure now. >> reporter: noah pozner's mother called her 6-year-old son her "little man." his uncle remembered noah as "smart as a whip." noah's twin sister arielle survived in another classroom. ♪ >> reporter: all 20 children, and the 6 adult women murdered at sandy hook elementary school were remembered at last night's interfaith service. >> i come to offer the love a
hockey. students in newtown, they are back in school today. but to be clear, not the students of sandy hook elementary school. students at other schools, they are seeing more police, more counselors on hand, just being in town the last couple of days there are a lot of police officers just sitting in the driveways of a lot of the schools here, clearly security being beefed up in this town right now. teachers union says classes will discuss the shooting in age appropriate manner. it is not clear yet, though, when sandy hook elementary school will resume class. but when they do, it will certainly be at a different school in the neighboring town of monroe. and i just got back from newtown this morning, and during dinner time last night, i was invited to spend some time with these two volunteer firefighters, they're with newtown hook and ladder and they went into emergency mode, of course, early last friday morning. they are rob mana and ray corbo. they served their community now for more than 20 years each. but the day they got that call, they say it was like nothing they had ever seen be
as communities around the nation come together to say good-bye to the victims of the sandy hook school shooting. >>> plus behind bars, a local teen will likely spend his christmas in jail. what police say he did coming up. >>> and: >> with only two weeks to go in the regular season, the ravens try to get back on the winning track. i'm sand sonders, aisle -- saunders, i'll have a preview of today's game with the giants. >>> the clock is ticking. a very chilly morning as people get ready for the final 48 hours of holiday shopping. so will it warm up before christmas? meteorologist tim williams tells us in his first warning weather forecast. >>> and: >>reporter: and to get into the holiday spirit, why not check out the train garden here at the weiss avenue volunteer fire department. it is the coolest train garden by far, and it is extremely detailed. we will give you details on it and you can see it close up. that is in just a few as eyewitness news is seconds away. >>> good morning. welcome to eyewitness news this sunday, i'm gigi barnett. >
, connecticut. president obama traveled to new town to come for the families of those killed at sandy hooke elementary. he also took part in an emotional memorial service for the victims last night. we will now go witlive with rene mars mr sh from new town. >> the nation continues to mourn. the first funerals for two of the students will be held today. >> we will never forget. on sunday morning more than 2000 people came out. >> we offer you our tears and our pain. hour anour anger and our sour. >> we will share with you and try to ease this heavy burden. >> the president's stated that more needs to be done to protect our children. >> these tragedies must end. and in that we must change. >> they just told us here in connecticut that both the school and a home where adam used to live will be shutdown and closed indefinitely. they said that they will still be considered a crime scenes definitely for months. he stated that it will be up to the town officials to decide what to do with sandy hooke middle school after the investigators have cleared up. they stated they're not sure whether not the
sandy hook elementary. >> that campus will remain a crime scene indefinitely after friday's mass shooting. investigatessers are trying to determine why gunman adam lanza singled out the school, which he attended as a child. federallation say he fired guns at shoot -- federal agents say he fired guns at shooting ranges over the years but not recently. cbs reporter marly hall joins us from newtown with more on what's happening. >> reporter: good morning, michelle and brian. it's a week before christmas, and here in newtown, connecticut, many families aren't planning for the holidays but planning funerals and there are several planned in the weeks to come. it's back to school for the children of newtown, connecticut with the exception of the students of sandy hook elementary school. kenneth canfield is a fourth greater at sandy hook. he heard screaming and gunshots in the room he was in. >> it was being banged on by the gunman. >> reporter: kenneth and his classmates won't be returning to sandy hook elementary. when they do go back, they will attend chalk hill school in monroe. >>
, today except for those sandy hook elementary school students. cbs news's marley hall has more from newtown. >> reporter: it's back to school today for the children of newtown, connecticut. with one exception, the students of sandy hook elementary. >> which one -- >> reporter: kenneth canfield is a fourth grader at sandy hook. he was there that tragic day. >> he heard screaming and gunshots. the room he was in was being banged on by the gunman. >> reporter: kenneth and his classmates won't be returning to sandy hook elementary school. when they do go back, they will attend chalk hill school in nearby monroe. >> he said won't go back unless there's a police officer at every door. >> reporter: the grieving continues here in newtown. there will be two more funerals today when james mattioli and jessica rekos will be laid to rest. the first two funerals were held monday when 6-year-old noah pozner and jack pinto were remembered. >> you shouldn't be at a 6-year- old's funeral. i mean, this is a devastating event and it's heartbreaking as it is. it just keeps getting worse. >> reporter: n
by superstorm sandy. we'll have more on that story plus your weather first when we return in two minutes. >>> good morning. welcome back to 9news now. it's 4:45. it's monday, christmas eve. a lot of people are asking that question will it be a white christmas. i'm not one of them. >> not here but a big chunk of the country is dealing with that. then wednesday if you're trying to get into ohio and west central pa, new york state, indiana, this storm is coming out of the oklahoma, texas panhandle, big snows up there. i'm looking at some models that have areas along i-70 in ohio a foot of snow on wednesday. >> where you have to go, hunker down at least till thursday. >> this will bring us mainly a rain event on wednesday and mainly a rain event as we head into the afternoon. some areas north and west, if you have wet snow flakes, sleet to mix in, don't be surprised but don't get too excited about it because with temperatures mid- to upper 30s, that's just not cold enough for anything to stick on road surfaces. we do have some advisories i want to start off with. they're in the mountains. we
an update on the hurricane sandy relief bill making its way through congress. "washington journal" is next. >> nobody will get 100% of what they want. let's make sure middle-class families and the american economy and the world economy are not adversely impacted because people cannot do their jobs. host: the headline in this morning's "washington post" -- president obama and senate leaders were on the verge of an agreement that would let taxes rise on the wealthiest households while protecting the vast majority of americans from tax hikes set to hit in january. welcome to the saturday edition of "and the washington journal." for the first 45 minutes of the program we are going to be talking about senate negotiating a fiscal clifts deal, what has been going on on that half of the capital. see what they are talking about and how things are going. we want to get your input and your part of the conversation. you can reach out to us on twitter. facebook, facebook.com/cspan. and you can send us an e-mail. this is more from the article, the lead story in "the washington post." they ride, the deve
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to normal. some schools other than sandy hook reopened for the first time since the shooting. buses carrying children drove on to school grounds. the buses had green and white ribbons on the front. sandy hook's colors. but police kept one elementary school closed as a precaution after they received threats. >> i will always be worried. but now it's very, very bad. >> reporter: children at sandy hook have not yet returned to school. when they do it will be at a school in the nearby town of monroe. in newtown, connecticut, randall pinkston, wjz eyewitness news. >> and for the first time since the shooting the nra releases a statement. the group says its members are shocked, saddened and heartbroken. a news conference is scheduled for friday. >>> family members say the gunman, adam lanza, had battled mental health problems for most of his life. what can we do stop these mass killings? well, wjz has live complete coverage with adam may with more on calls to improve health care. >> reporter: experts say if we do not do more to improve access to mental health care, another school massacre is virtu
by moonlight and each by star light and air glow. >> by moonlight, hurricane sandy. and the potential is just being scratched. >> our weather forecasters now, by look at this new imagery are saying i can do the same kind of things at night. and that enables a whole new class of things being done. >> reporter: a lot more is being tracked by this new generation of satellites. >> we can monitor forest fires. monitor smoke plumes from those fires. and also, data is used to monitor snow packs. sea ice. >> reporter: and it does it globally. the bright spots in australia are wildfires. now from space, the impacts of people are written in light across countries and cont nents. things unseen from this vantage point in sunlight. a lot of illumination for a black marble. alex demetrick, wjz eyewitness news. >> and the new satellite is in a polar orbit and is able to scan the entire planet in just 12 passes. >>> well, can wall street start the week off on the right foodfoot? -- foot? [ stock bells ringing ] all the markets did finish in positive territory
it was hurricane sandy, the need to spend on the home; whether it was the tragedy in connecticut, and took away the feel-good factor-- it was a confluence of events that led to a "should have been better" holiday season. >> reporter: a big part of the problem was in the densely populated northeast, where more than a fifth of country's retail sales take place. holiday spending priorities shifted after hurricane sandy as homeowners focused more on repairs than on gifts. also dragging down sales was uncertainty about the so-called fiscal cliff, tax hikes and spending cuts set to take effect next year. if lawmakers don't reach a deal to avoid it, consumers could see higher taxes eating into their paychecks. even online sales suffered. compared to past years of double-digit growth, this year, online holiday sales rose only about 8%, compared to nearly 16% last year. overall, holiday spending accounts for up to 30% of retailers' annual sales, so the disappointing season is a concern for an economy struggling to recover. >> consumers need to have more confidence. consumers need to feel that their jobs
sandy hook reopened for the first time since the shooting. buses carrying children drove on to school grounds. the buses had green and white ribbons on the front. sandy hook scholars. but police kept one elementary school closed as a caution after they received threats. >> we will always be worried. >> reporter: children at sandy hook have not yet returned to school. when they do it will be at a school to the nearby town of monroe. in newtown, connecticut, randall pinkston, wjz eyewitness news. >> investigators say the gunman, 20-year-old adam lanza, had fired guns at shooting ranges during the past several years, but there was no evidence he did so recently as practice for the rampage. >>> well, of course everyone is asking what can we do to stop these mass killings. wjz's complete coverage continues. adam may with more on the calls to improve mental health care. adam. >> today's experts in that field say if we do not do more to improve mental health care in this country another school massacre is pretty much guaranteed. it's been widely reported school shooter adam lanza suffered so
think that our customer can adapt to an agreement. >> let's throw in hurricane sandy. you were very, you know, wow, it was tough to talk about hurricane sandy. terrible loss of life. terrible damage. many of your stores got hurt. right after this, deutsche bank met with you and said despite sandy, things are pretty good. >> well look, i think there is the overhang in the environment. sandy was a punch to the stomach. the stores were closed. people weren't shopping online because there was no electricity. we took a hit. at the time of the conference call we saw an uptick in the business. we can't talk about trends since then. we said that the impact of the storm was probably going to take us to a flattish performance. and i feel optimistic for the long term for our consumers. >> why is classic clothing not selling well but contemporary? is there any accounting for taste? >> well, look. people love what they love. accessories have been performing very well. shoes, handbags, jewelry. people love something that is new. something that is the same that they have in their closet, they're not bu
, two little sandy hook boys laid to rest in emotional tribute. a heartbreaking mother's salute, saying the sky is crying. th this, as the rest of the students in newtown head back to school. we're live on the scene. >>> winter weather slam. 100-mile-per-hour winds slam the northwest. this tree lands inches from a baby's crib. now, blizzard warnings up, as a major storm is set to snarl holiday travel across the northwest. sam is tracking it all. >>> and two of the most famous stars in the world say "you're the one that i want" again. >> why don't we do a whole album? >> that's a terrific idea. >> travolta and newton-john, reuniting for the holidays. only on "gma." >>> good morning, america. hello to robin, recovering at home. elizabeth vargas is here. so much of our attention is still on newtown. more funerals are planned for today. >> it's unclear when the elementary school survivors will be able to go back to the classroom. this school in a nearby town is being readied for them by volunteers. and teachers have already been meeting to find a way to start this normal routine for them ag
at sandy hook elementary and we are learning more about the gunman, adam lanza, described as an awkward, peculiar kid who spent hours in the basement of his home where his mother reportedly stored her collection of firearms. >> jamie: we're also learning federal agents aren't getting the access they want. i wonder if those guns were locked up. i'm so interested. lawmakers say investigators know who some players are and not their specific roles adding the investigation is not where they'd like it to be. and the pain is still so unbearable in newtown, connecticut, looking at the percent of the victims buried today, the final three of them laid to rest, emilie parker, josephine gray and ana marquez greene, and, three of the girls, and it bears repeating. >> rick: rick leventhal joins us from our new york city newsroom with a fair and balanced look at the gun control debate. >> reporter: the nra chief has taken a lot of heat for his first public comments since the school shooting, that happened yesterday afternoon and he placed blame on hollywood and violent videogame makers for exposing ki
. flood warnings recovering from sandy. northeast into the new england could exceed 1 foot to as much as a foot and a half in some places. still some snow in the intermountain west, too as you go toward colorado and utah and extending to nevada and showers out along the west coast. by far and large the big storm is going out across the northeastern part of the country. tomorrow, another wave of cold moving into the northern plains, 18 to 21 degrees temperatures from billings to minneapolis and we are going to be talking about temperatures even chilling down to the 40s in atlanta tomorrow. generally 50s, 40s and some 50-degree temperatures along the eastern seaboard. that's the latest on that. harris? >> harris: nick, thank you, we will come back as the news warrants if we need to. this winter storm forcing airlines to delay or cancel thousands of flights. let's taker a look at the current situation at some east coast airports. the web site shows carriers have cancelled at least 1100 flights today alone. all of this happening right smack in the busiest travel season of the year and one
responders who were the first people to enter the sandy hook elementary school and discover the carnage there that ended up being the loss of 20 children and six adults in that school and then, of course, the mother of the killer who was shot in her bed and the killer himself. the attorney general apparently is not traveling with any other senior justice officials to newtown. he will also not be attending any of the funerals or the memorials. and again, you will not be seeing the pictures of him. there's no plan for this to be anything public other than these meetings he's going to have with those law enforcement officials. but, of course, this is a day of more farewells in newtown. six, six funerals in this tiny community, six visitations also. so 12 services. these people being laid to rest today, allison wyatt, she is just gorgeous. she loved to draw. and she told her parents she wanted to be an artist. benjamin wheeler, look at that smile. he's just so sweet. huge fan of the beatles. his parents tell us. and then look at this. catherine hubbard, you almost know her personality from
laws in wake of new town massacre. gun control debate simmers after sandy hook massacre. nobody is saying it's going to be easy for our country to reform its gun laws in the wake of this latest massacre by someone wielding weapons for combat. nobody says it's going to be easy. but anybody saying it will be impossible is either spinning you or they are not paying attention. history proves the change is possible. history proves that change is the only thing that is inevitable. joining us now is the mayor of newark, new jersey, my friend, corey booker. he's also the member of the coalition of mayors against guns. >> so great to have you. we've had this conversation before and i'm glad to be back. >> yeah, we've had this conversation in our personal lives but we have this conversation in public whenever there is another horrible incident like this. how much do you think national -- the sense of national calamity and heart ache changes what is politically feasible right now? >> i think it changes it dramatically. i just want to point out that this is a gut wrenching tragedy. but ever
that people are talking about this morning. here's jessica. >> thank you . >>> the sandy hook elementary shootings have pushed debate over gun control to the forefront of the nation's consciousness. the latest from washington. >> hundreds of protestors marched across the brooklyn bridge asking for new gun control laws. as there were demonstrations outside a gun shop outside washington dc. >> to allow these kind of gun that is have no other murder than to murder, slaughter innocent people and children is insane. >> fear of new gun control laws has made the weapons one of the hottest selling items this christmas. >> definitely stock up and buy things i can't get in the future. 2 weeks ago you could have bought one gun for $1,400 and now it's $2,500. >> the debate over gun control is just as heated here on capitol hill. the nra says it will fight any new restrictions. >> what every mom and dad want when they drop their kid off at school in january is if we have a police officer in that school. >> the reaction to that plan was mixed among the parents we spoke with. >> i think any effort to p
connecticut 9:30 tomorrow morning marking the moment one week earlier when bullets ripped through the sandy hook elementary can school. final preparations are being made for tributes to the 26 students and educators who were killed last friday morning at that elementary school. poppy harlow spoke with one of the boyfriends of one of the victims buried today, lauren rousseau. tomorrow morning, 9:30 a.m. eastern, poppy. >> reporter: absolutely, wolf. i mean, this community is still reeling. they are really living minute by minute here trying to get by. lauren rousseau, this beautiful young woman, 30 years old, told her mother that she had wanted to be a teacher since before she was even in kindergarten. she got to live out that dream but her life was cut far too short. >> this says, me, since i've been with you. thanks for rubbing off on me. >> reporter: 30 and in love, tony and lauren rousseau. do you remember the moment that you were in love with her? >> yes. like right -- the first date i had with her i knew. >> reporter: at a wine bar where they shared their first kiss. lauren called him
capacity magazines has raged since the shooting at sandy hook. a gallup poll found 53% agreed increasing police presence in schools would be very effective. a third said somewhat effective, 12% said not effective and 42% said banning the sale of automatic weapons and nor an third, 36% said it would not be effective. feel free to weigh in on my page at rick levanthol over the debate of gun rights and greater restrictions continues. >> heather: rick, thank you. >> gregg: search for justice in the benghazi, libya terror attacks. a scathing report placing blame squarely for security failures. while sparking new debates we have much closer look at the issue. >> heather: the word no one wants to hear, deadlock, can president obama and lawmakers find a solution before the january 1st deadline. >> gregg: and remarkable recovery just in time for christmas. how a community came together to help the church devastated by hurricane sandy. >> describe the damage. >> it was absolutely devastation. the church was devastated. lower level of church was totally under... [ loud party sounds ] hi, i'm ensure
to school. all, except, of course, sandy hook, which police say could remain a crime scene for months. up to 100 volunteers in the neighboring town of monroe, are hard at work getting this unused middle school ready for sandy hook students to attend. it could be ready this week. but there's no word on when classes will resume. >> definitely, at the very least, want to give the children the opportunity to see their new school and to be -- as comfortable as they possibly can in that new area. >> reporter: meanwhile, the first two victims were laid to rest on monday. jack pinto, the 6-year-old boy who loved the new york giants, was buried in the jersey of his favorite player, victor cruz. >> his favorite team was the giants. he talks about how good he is. and i'm with him. he's really good. >> reporter: jack's friends from the wrestling team honored their friend by wearing their little uniforms. just a few miles away, white balloons. a symbol of purity and hope line the street for another funeral. this one for 6-year-old noah pozner, who was remembered for his love of super mario brother vid
this unthinkable tragedy. sandy hook has made clear, that we aren't doing enough to protect the public from deadly weapons, that we aren't doing enough to address mental health issues in our society, that we aren't doing enough to stand up to those who are saying that more guns, not less, are the solutions to mass shootings. this must change. for the sake of our children, i say, enough is enough. congress must act to put a stop to this senseless gun violence. mr. murphy: i thank the gentlewoman. i yield 1:30 to the the gentlelady from california, ms. matsui. ms. matsui: i pay tribute to the victims who were struck down in new toup, connecticut and condemn in the strongest possible terms the senseless act of violence that claimed their lives. there are so many victims were young children who had their entire lives ahead of them. makes the shooting even more heart wrenching. the children were so young. we saw in each of them our own children, our grandchildren. they really are america's children. jack pinto, the same age of my grandson, he was a huge new york giants' fan and today was buried in a gi
complete with their own police escort taking the furniture from inside of sandy hook over to mono, ron monroe to chalk hill middle school which is where students displaced by the awful tragedy will go back to class when the district decides that the time is right. >> the sandy hook school furniture is going to be move out and so it will be age and height and wait appropriate. but the healing and the back to normal see is worth every effort. >> authorities say they had no contact with adam lanza before his massacre on friday and any kind of a criminal background is a mist row to authorities here who - mystery to authorities here to what made him do such a horrible thing. two adults that are surviving the massacre are recovering from gun shot wounds to their lower extremities. the connecticut police promise we will get the details but it will take a while. i know, we know as investigators that the people of the connecticut and people in the town of newtown want to know what happened. we are going to do that and provide them with information and paint them a clear picture but it is a slow
the thousands of the items honoring the sandy hook school shooting victims. the flowers, the signs, the teddy bears and the tributes will become part of a sacred memorial. we'll tell you about that. >>> also, i'll talk with a congressman who wants to use the national rifle association against itself on gun reform. if there is a disconnect between nra members and the nra leadership. ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] everyone deserves the gi of all day pain relief. this season, discover aleve. all day pain relief with just two pills. it's lots of things. all waking up. ♪ becoming part of the global phenomenon we call the internet of everything. ♪ trees will talk to networks will talk to scientists about climate change. cars will talk to road sensors will talk to stoplights about traffic efficiency. the ambulance will talk to patient records will talk to doctors about saving lives. it's going to be amazing. and exciting. and maybe, most remarkably, not that far away. the next big thing? we're going to wake the world up. ♪ and watch, with eyes wide, as it gets to work. ♪ cisco. tomorrow starts h
the latest developments. sandy hook elementary school remains closed today, but newtown's other schools are reopening this morning for the first time since the shooting. >> as for the investigation, police hoped adam lanza's computer would provide some clues about a motive, but they say it has been badly damaged and so far those efforts have been unsuccessful. we're also learning that lanza had been assigned a psychologist when he was a student at newtown high school. we'll have much more on all of these developments coming up. >>> we want to begin with the news we just received this morning. nbc's richard engel and his team were freed from captors in syria where they were held for five days. richard joins us now from turkey along with his photographer and producer. gentlemen, may i be the first to say it is so good to see your faces. richard, can you take us through and tell us what happened? >> yes, and it is good to be here. i'm very happy that we're able to do this live shot this morning. we were driving in syria about five days ago in what we thought was a rebel controlled area. we
to twitter. what if we could honor the 26 lives lost at sandy hook elementary with small acts of kindness, leaving a stranger an unexpected treat or inspirational message or a way to keep warm. >> i've always made quilts. i thought, wouldn't it be nice to make quilt, one for each child and then donate them. >> reporter: using the #26acts, people began sharing their kindness on social media and just nine days later what has become a massive wave reaching to the halls of congress. >> i think america was looking for ways to demonstrate their grief, caring, empathy. >> reporter: to the other side of the world. >> i just kind of thought, you know, if this makes someone smile, that's a pretty good thing. >> reporter: as more and more people shared their good deeds online, they inspired others. teachers challenged their students. in rhode island, ashley prugh's class is collecting food and books for underprivileged. >> they by far exceeded anything i could have expected. >> reporter: after giving hand warmers to her bus driver, stephanie challenged her co-workers to do something, too. now the so
. kristin perry and his sandy live in berkeley. alicea read got the reaction. >> proposition 8 has been a hot topic for quite some time and the supreme court is reviewing it. there will be able to marry whomever they choose marriage is something they look for a word to in their lifetime batting california, that is not an option if you want a legal union with somebody o >> fairness for all, we all have the same people at the same number of chromosomes. i made a decent person, a gay man myself them one proposition 8 and 2008, this union filed a suit saying that it was not constitutional and it was discriminatory. >> there are increased hate crime between lesbians and gays because of laws like this. >> because of others in california that want to marry but cannot. the that the supreme court is reviewing the case they have hope. >> it is possible that there would not of hold the decision for us and that is a possibility and we certainly hope that does not happen. >> the of a hearing coming up in the month of march with they prove that the >> needs to be lifted. after that, the supreme court
tried to shoot his way into sandy hook school, that if a good guy with a gun had been there, he might have been able to stop him. >> we don't want to turn our schools into dodge cities. >> reporter: at least one school district in new jersey placed armed guards in each school over the governor's objection. >> you don't want to make this an armed camp for kids. i don't think that's a positive example. >> such an interesting debate. you feel like we have to do something to prevent another tragedy like the one we saw in newtown. but folks say you don't want to make campuses feel like police states. and can schools afford these days to put armed patrolman in every campus? or every door and school. you don't know where it's going to go from here. >> most people agree on the idea of high magazine clips. why would you need 50 rounds. but most people agree on new gun control after newtown, gun sales skyrocketing. one store in virginia saying they've been off the charts. they've never seen anything like that before. just within the last week. >> watching the head of the nra give that press con
of parents who emerged from that sandy hook firehouse knowing on friday early evening that they would never see their babies, beautiful children who went to school that day ready to build ginger men and learn their abcs. the brutality of this crime on children so young i think has touched something very deep and profound in america. and i hope we can seize this moment. >> senator richard blumenthal of connecticut, thank you so much for your time tonight, sir. good luck. >> thanks. >> all right. we've got lots more ahead. stay with us. >>> we have some breaking news to report at this hour. this news is just coming in right now. it's the independent panel in washington that has been investigating the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi in libya on september 11th of the year. the panel has just released its findings, and the report appears to place a lion's share of the blame for that attack on the u.s. state department. our own andrea mitchell is going through this report as we speak. again, it has just come out. but she reports tonight that the panel has found, quote, systemic failures
somedays before the slaughter at sandy hook elementary, the nra was actively fear mongering over gun laws. an nra spokesman told the washington examiner on december 5th that the organization was preparing to battle with the president. we're not optimistic. we're planning for the worst. we've told people to plan for gun bans and a supreme court stacked with anti-gun judges. the president has a variety of om options and a disposal we don't take any of them for granted. let's turn to mark glaze. he's director of mayors against illegal guns. >> is this a history-making moment with firearms in this country. >> it absolutely is. to me, it feels like us who are at the oklahoma city bombing. where things have gotten so bad that you had this explosively terrible moment that people just reev reevaluated. today, we had celebrities, tech leaders, thousands of new supporters come across. that doesn't happen every day and it doesn't happen at every mass shooting. >> it sounds like there's a coalition coming together. elected officials with the mayor's organization. tech leaders that yud're talking abou
's attention, but the same total loss of life at sandy hook happens more than twice every day all year long. this is personal for me, not just because the mall shooter was in my district, but i had a high school friend who was killed with a random freak drive-by shooting, my brother took his life with a handgun as a young man. i supported gun provisions at the state and federal level at every opportunity. it might be different now. not just because the horrific image of parade of funerals for children, i submit mayor bloomberg's advocacy for gun safety and mayors who brare the brunt of the gun violence. i welcome the president's leadership and will support any reform that he advances. but i would urge my colleagues to read the columns in the "sunday times" by my fellow oregon ann, nick, and another in "washington post." they demonstrate, we know what works. there are examples around the work. even in america with lax weak gun protections there are in fact some regulations in some places and they make a difference. let's treat gun violence like any public health crisis which i would say losi
isaac left hundreds of thousands of acres under water. hurricane sandy has caused destruction like nothing we could have imagined. as i said, i saw that damage up close for hurricane sandy. weather disasters have destroyed millions of acres of farmland and affected millions of families in every state and corner of this country. we're considering a disaster bill today. the farm bill is a disaster bill because it not only has disaster assistance, but it creates five-year certainty for our growers, who deserve it. they deserve to know what's going to be happening. they deserve to know so they can go into their bank, they can talk about their financing for the coming crop year and be able to plan as well as get immediate help. now, i support passing a disaster bill. and agriculture should be a part of this. but it's not enough. we need to do that and we need to have a five-year farm bill in order to create the certainty that we need. we have spent so much time focusing on how we move forward with agriculture today and create the right kind of risk management tools for the future, and i
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